Wedding at Ovation Chicago

Samuel and Faith – Winter Wedding at Ovation Chicago

I had the pleasure of meeting Samuel and Faith last year when Samuel contacted me to capture his long-planned surprise proposal to Faith in Peng Park in Chinatown. As a photographer, I was excited to be a part of such a special moment and to capture the raw emotion and love between the couple. It was a beautiful moment to witness and capture, and I was thrilled when the couple reached out to me again to capture their wedding day in Chicago.

A groom dressed in a classic black suit stands with his back facing the camera, waiting for his bride for their first look. In the background, the bride is walking towards him, wearing a stunning white wedding dress with a long train. The groom looks anxious and excited, while the bride appears calm and composed. The scene is set against a beautiful outdoor backdrop, with lush greenery and trees surrounding the couple. The anticipation and love between the couple is palpable in this moment, and it is clear that their wedding day is going to be a special and unforgettable event.
A bride stands behind the groom and gently touches his shoulder, both dressed in elegant wedding attire. They are positioned against a beautiful outdoor backdrop, with lush greenery and trees in the background.
The groom appears to be turning around to catch a first glimpse of his bride on their special day
Couple seeing each other for the first time as bride and groom.
The couple touch hands on the corner of Ovation Chicago.
Bride posing by the brick wall

Samuel and Faith’s wedding day in Chicago was filled with love, joy, and beautiful moments that will be cherished forever. The couple began their day with a first look at the stunning Ovation venue, where Samuel was overcome with emotion as he saw his bride for the first time. The couple then ventured into downtown Chicago for wedding portraits, stopping at iconic locations such as the Wrigley Building, Chicago Board of Trade, and LaSalle Bridge.

A group of bridesmaids and groomsmen are seen walking and talking along the Chicago River Esplanade, dressed in stylish and coordinated wedding attire. The background features a stunning view of the river, with skyscrapers and city buildings in the distance. The bridal party appears to be enjoying each other's company and the picturesque scenery as they make their way to the wedding venue.
In the portrait, Samuel and Faith are standing close to each other, with the beautiful Chicago skyline visible in the background. Both are dressed elegantly, with Faith wearing a stunning white wedding gown and Samuel in a sharp red suit. They are looking lovingly into each other's eyes, with a sense of joy and happiness emanating from their expressions. The towering skyscrapers of Chicago provide a breathtaking backdrop, creating a romantic and picturesque scene
bride and groom standing close to each other and gazing into each other's eyes. The bride is wearing a beautiful wedding gown, and the groom is in a dapper suit. The couple appears to be lost in the moment, with a deep sense of love and affection between them. Their body language is relaxed and intimate, with the groom's arms wrapped around the bride's waist. The background is blurred, emphasizing the couple as the focal point of the image
The image captures a tender moment between a bride and groom standing by the Chicago River. The bride is hugging the groom from behind and resting her head on his shoulder, with both dressed in stylish wedding attire. The background features a stunning view of the river and the city skyline, with skyscrapers visible in the distance. The couple appears happy and relaxed, with the bride's loving embrace and the groom's gentle smile creating a sense of intimacy and warmth in the image
A happy couple walks hand in hand towards the camera, with a beautiful outdoor scenery in the background. In the foreground, a curious dog sits attentively, watching them with interest
A romantic image captures a groom holding his bride in his arms in front of the iconic Wrigley Building. The groom is dressed in a stylish suit, while the bride is wearing a beautiful white gown. They both have big smiles on their faces as they look into each other's eyes. The Wrigley Building, a historic skyscraper, serves as a breathtaking backdrop, with its distinctive clock tower and ornate architectural details. The sun is setting in the background, casting a warm glow on the scene, creating a truly magical moment.
In this image, Samuel and Faith strike a playful pose as Samuel dips Faith in front of the historic Board of Trade Building in Chicago.
Samuel and Faith take a stroll in front of the iconic Chicago Board of Trade building, surrounded by bustling city streets. They walk hand in hand, with Samuel carrying a backpack and Faith holding a coffee cup. The towering building behind them is a symbol of Chicago's financial history and architectural beauty.
Samuel and Faith pose for a photo on LaSalle Bridge in Chicago, with the Chicago River flowing underneath. They stand side by side, smiling at the camera. The bridge offers a picturesque view of the city's skyline in the background, with tall buildings towering over the river
Samuel is shown kissing his bride's hand while looking lovingly at her. The scene appears to be sunny and the couple seems to be enjoying a romantic moment on their wedding day.

Beautiful couple
Candid shot in Chicago.

The couple also took some breathtaking photos with their Rolls Royce in the West Side.

Faith looked radiant in her traditional wedding dress, which she found on Etsy after searching for the exact dress she had seen on Pinterest. It was clear that Samuel was captivated by her beauty as they shared an intimate moment together during their first look. The couple’s love for each other was palpable throughout the day and they both spoke of the overwhelming happiness they felt during their special day.

Samuel and Faith, are standing outside Ovation wedding venue, waving at the camera. Samuel is wearing a red suit and Faith is dressed in a white wedding gown. The building behind them is a modern, two-story brick structure with large windows and a sign that reads "Ovation". The surrounding area is well-maintained, with manicured lawns and bushes in the background. The couple looks happy and excited, perhaps ready to start their wedding reception inside the venue.
bride and groom are posing in front of a Rolls Royce car, parked on a street under a train track in Chicago. The bride is wearing a white wedding gown and holding a red bouquet of flowers, while the groom is dressed in a red suit and tie. The car is white and polished, with a luxurious leather interior visible through the open door. The train track overhead is elevated and has a metal structure, casting a shadow on the couple and the car. The background shows a city street with buildings and cars parked along the side. The couple looks happy and stylish, ready for their wedding day
The couple looks happy and excited, perhaps ready to depart for their honeymoon or other wedding festivities.

After their wedding portraits, the couple returned to Ovation for their ceremony and reception. The venue was beautifully decorated with an elegant and romantic atmosphere, perfectly reflecting the couple’s personalities. The ceremony was filled with meaningful vows, personal touches, and the love of their family and friends.

An emotional scene is captured in this image, as a bride and her father are shown walking down the aisle at Ovation wedding venue. The bride is wearing a beautiful, white wedding gown with a long veil, and carrying a bouquet of flowers. Her father is dressed in a black suit and tie, holding onto her arm and guiding her down the aisle towards her future husband. The venue's decor is visible in the background, with chairs lined up on either side of the aisle, flowers and greenery adorning the space. The lighting is soft and warm, adding to the romantic atmosphere. The bride looks happy and nervous, perhaps taking in the moment and anticipating the exchange of vows.
couple holding hands during the wedding ceremony
Groom puttin

Bride and groom kissing for the first time as husband and wife.

The couple’s first dance was to Calum Scott’s song, “Biblical,” which set the tone for the rest of the evening. The father-daughter dance was a touching moment as they danced to the song “Half the Man,” while the mother-son dance was a fun and lively moment as they danced to “I Love This Dance” by Caleb Beachy.

grand entrance

Here are few questions I asked the couple:

1.) How did you two meet?

We met at church. Faith was speaking on stage and she caught my attention. I was determined to speak to her and met her for the first time when she finished speaking.

3.) What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?

My favorite moment (bride) was when the curtain opened and I saw him standing there. It was like everything froze in time and I locked eyes with him and my heart has never felt more filled or happier.

My favorite moment (groom) was when I held my wife’s hand and glanced at the crowd, I felt genuine happiness and support from every single person there.

4.) How long have you been together?

We have been together 3.5 years, since September 2019

5.) How would you describe your overall wedding experience?From beginning to end, everything fell perfectly into place. From every vendor to the venue, it was our fairytale dream wedding, and we could not have been happier with how everything came together.

6.) What advice would you offer to other couples planning a wedding?
Definitely make sure to allot enough time for all the pictures you want. Time moves by fast, you don’t want to have to sacrifice any of the photos you want because you ran out of time. Don’t forget to interact with every guest even if it means a quick thank you.

Samuel and Faith’s wedding was a beautiful celebration of their love, filled with memorable moments that will be cherished forever. Their advice to other couples planning a wedding is to make sure to allocate enough time for photos, and to interact with every guest, even if it’s just a quick thank you. Their wedding day was a dream come true, and their love story will continue to inspire and touch the hearts of those around them.

Here is another set of wedding photos at Ovation Chicago




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